Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19
The OSCE monitoring held May 19 along the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has passed without incidents, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend May 19.
The monitoring was held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative on the contact line to the north of the Bash Garvand village of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district, the ministry said.
On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring was carried out by the field assistant of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Hristo Hristov and head of the OSCE High Level Planning Group, Colonel Hans Lampalzer.
On the opposite side, the monitoring was held conducted by the field assistants of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Simon Tiller, Peter Svedberg and representative of the OSCE High Level Planning Group, Colonel Andrei Barashkin.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.